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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

In 2009 the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine launched an innovative curriculum focused on giving students a solid foundation in the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes needed by new veterinary graduates.

[Vet student with dog in rehab]

At Illinois, first-year veterinary students spend eight weeks rotating through hands-on service areas.

Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Our innovative curriculum produces broadly trained, clinically prepared graduates equipped to enter a wide range of veterinary fields.

Among the many benefits of an Illinois veterinary education are:

  • Clinical rotations throughout the curriculum, beginning the first semester
  • Courses that integrate subject matter across disciplines and species
  • A large Clinical Skills Learning Center
  • DVM-Master’s in Public Health joint degree program with the University of Illinois-Chicago
  • A strong summer research program for current second- and third-year veterinary students
  • A wide array of elective courses and student organizations
  • A professional development course that involves students working with mentors to customize their experiences just before graduation.